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is a major hotspot in Turkey
, thanks to the unique contrast between its ancient and modern cities, lively nightlife scene and brilliant beaches. The booming town of Turgutreis, approximately an hour away from Bodrum airport, is a popular destination which boasts over 5km of sandy beaches and waterfront bars. It's a busy seaside town and is the main commercial area for West Turkey, meaning endless shopping opportunities! However, Turgutreis is perhaps most well-known for its stunning sunsets. Rivalling the likes of Santorini and the Balearic Islands, find a west-facing restaurant with your loved ones, order a chilled Turkish beer, and watch the sun drop into the clear blue Aegean Sea.
Package holidays to Turgutreis offer you everything you could want from a Turkey holiday ' there are long stretches of sand to soak up the sun, local markets to pick up unusual souvenirs at bargain prices, and secluded islands just begging to be discovered.
Turgutreis a great base from which to explore the rest of this stunning area. Thanks to its prime position on the tip of the island, it's easy to catch the hydrofoil over to the Greek Island of Kos in just 15 minutes. There are also plenty of other Turkish islands to see along the 19km coastline ' hire a car and go for a winding drive around the cliff tops, or book a boat tour to see everything from the sea. Make sure you also go inland to see Turgutreis' lush valleys filled with olive groves, orchards and budding almond trees.
The main town of Bodrum is about a half-hour drive east from Turgutreis and is well-worth the trip. If you're after ancient ruins, Bodrum is home to the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. While the Mausoleum was unfortunately destroyed by an earthquake, the foundations are still visible. There is also the Bodrum Castle which is also a museum, the amphitheatre and the old city gates.
Meanwhile, the other main reasons visitors flock to Bodrum during summer is for its crazy nightlife. Around 10pm, things start to heat up with thousands of tourists from around the world packing into the nightclubs, open air parties and resort bars. Bodrum is a famous playground for the rich and famous ' don't be surprised if you see a celebrity or socialite stepping off their yacht in the pretty harbour.
Go to the market
Turgutreis offers a smorgasbord of shops for tourists to browse and buy. The Saturday markets are by far the most popular, offering everything from fresh produce and Middle Eastern spices, to bejewelled slippers and fake designer bags. The bazaar is a part of daily life for the Turks and you'll see many locals rummaging around the stalls, looking to grab a bargain. Join in and haggle on the prices ' be firm and you'll get a good deal!
Even if you've never dived before, there's no better place to learn than Turgutreis. There are plenty of diving schools offering lessons and equipment for all levels of swimmers, as well as instructors to show you the ropes. Off the coast of Turgutreis lies a graveyard of sunken ships, strewn across the coral reef. The ocean here is teeming with colourful fish, unusual sea creatures, and great spots for both snorkeling and scuba diving.
Set outside of Turgutreis, Kefaluka Resort has its own private beach, mountain backdrop and unparalleled views of Akyarlar Bay. Winner of a GOLD Travelife Award, Kefaluka Resort has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability, reducing its environmental and social impact. There are three swimming pools, waterslides for kids, several different restaurants and bars, a Turkish bath and loads of watersports facilities available exclusively for hotel guests.
You'll be able to make out the silhouettes of the pristine Greek Islands from your room at Hotel Irme. A more budget-friendly option, this quaint hotel is just opposite the Turgutreis marina and beach. The main town is just at your fingertips, a quick 350m down the road.